DSC’s CEO joins executives for Women Business Leaders Summit in Bahrain and Dubai
U.S.- Middle Eastern Women’s Summit Spurs Economic Growth and New Partnerships

Chicago, Illinois (December 4, 2008)Chicago, Illinois (November 11, 2008) – Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, an integrated logistics and supply chain management company headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, participated in the 2008 Women Business Leaders Summit (WBLS) on Oct. 26-30, 2008, in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Drake was selected to participate because of her expertise, industry-specific knowledge, leadership skills and accomplishments.

Women business executives from Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates were joined by women business leaders from the United States for the WBLS in Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 26-29 and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 29-30.

“Business, trade and commerce are not only about economic efficiency, but also about knitting our nations’ ideals, ideas and common values together, bringing prosperity and peace,” said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chair of the WBLS, president and CEO of Pace Communications in Greensboro, North Carolina, and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland. “I am grateful to Ann Drake for her leadership and participation in the WBLS, a program that continues to change lives, communities and relationships between nations.”

The WBLS is a program designed to facilitate links between American and the broader Middle Eastern business communities. Drake and other participants in the Summit, including representatives of Fortune 500 companies with more than $600 billion in annual revenue and more than 2 million employees, shared their experiences and exchanged best practices in a variety of panel discussions.

As supply chain partner to a number of Fortune 500 companies in industries such as consumer products, food, paper products, electronics, healthcare, medical devices and musical instruments, Drake’s company – DSC Logistics - focuses on using the supply chain to help companies achieve business goals, such as reducing system costs, transforming business processes, improving service to customers, and facilitating growth and change.

“Sharing experiences and ideas with leaders whose business context is so dramatically different from ours encourages thinking that is outside the norm,” said Drake. “I was impressed with the level of determination and innovation these executives utilize to achieve success in their fields, and was also pleased to offer insights about how our business has grown and developed over the past five decades. I look forward to staying in contact.”

In Bahrain, participants attended various events including a discussion on the importance of entrepreneurship, women in the economy, future relationships between the U.S. and Bahrain and business life in the post-oil economy, hosted by Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Court. Other events were hosted by Chris Henzel, U.S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires, Her Highness Shaikha Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Ambassador Richard Olson and Consul General Paul Sutphin, and Raja Al Gurg. Al Gurg is one of the four most influential businesswomen according to Forbes Global Magazine in 2006, and delivered the keynote address at the conference and took the women on a tour of one of her businesses.

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